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Appellate Review of Claim Construction Still De Novo if Based Solely on Intrinsic Evidence - Fenner Investments, Ltd. v. Cellco...

Two appeals following the Supreme Court’s modification of the standard of appellate review on claim construction in Teva Pharm. USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. (IP Update,Vol. 18, No. 1) indicate that it is largely business as...more

Federal Circuit Finds Disclaimer Based on “Object of Invention” Language

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Pacing Technologies, LLC v. Garmin International, Inc. (No. 2014-1396) provides patent litigators with a new tool for claim construction arguments and may make patent prosecutors...more

Stay Pending Trial In Related Case Is Granted; Request To Enjoin Defendant From Seeking Post-Grant Relief Is Denied

Burke, M. J. Defendant’s motion to stay pending entry of judgment in a related case is granted. Plaintiff’s request to enjoin defendant from initiating post-grant review is denied....more

Patent Directed To “Upselling” Is Invalid

Andrews, J. Defendant’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim under section 101 is granted as to all asserted claims. Oral argument was held on May 23, 2014. ...more

Attorney’s Fees Are Awarded

Andrews, J. Defendant’s request for attorney’s fees is granted in part. Defendant is instructed to submit a joint proposed order reflecting the award. Defendant’s request for discovery and an injunction are denied....more

The ACLU, Working for the Man

The ACLU championed its efforts in the AMP v. Myriad case as being another instance of the group fighting for the rights of the many and the powerless against corporate America and the oligarchical few. In a paradox, it now...more

District Court Denies Motion to Stay Pending Ex Parte Reexamination Where Defendant Was Competitor of Plaintiff and Chose Ex Parte...

Plaintiff Ecolab Inc. ("Ecolab") filed a patent infringement action alleging that Gurtler infringed Ecolab's patent for "SANITIZING LAUNDRY SOUR," United States Patent No. 6,262,013 (the "'013 Patent"). Gurtler subsequently...more

Going All In

Functional limitations and Senju Pharm. v. Lupin Pharm. Last year in Senju Pharma. v. Apotex Inc., 746 F.3d 1344 (Fed. Cir. 2014), Senju and Allergan were blocked from suing Apotex on a re-examined set of claims under...more

Court Strikes Expert Opinions, No Punishment Intended

Order Granting Takeda’s Motion to Strike, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. LTD., et al., v. TWi Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-02420-LHK (Judge Lucy H. Koh) - The Northern District Patent Local Rules are specifically...more

Judge Finds Biosimilar Patent Procedures Optional

Judge Seeborg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in Amgen, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., ruling that the patent dispute resolution procedures of the Biologics Price Competition and...more

One More Hurdle Cleared – Amgen’s Preliminary Injunction Motion for Filgrastim is Denied

On March 19, 2015, Judge Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied Amgen Inc.’s motion for a preliminary injunction in the Amgen v. Sandoz case, thereby removing one more...more

IP Newsflash - March 2015 #3

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Reverses $61 Million Judgment Based on Erroneous Claim Construction - Despite the Supreme Court’s recent Teva v. Sandoz decision that factual findings by a district court...more

Dancing Not Required: District Court Denies Amgen’s Bid for Preliminary Injunction, Finds BPCIA “Patent Dance” Optional

The biologics industry has been closely monitoring Amgen Inc.’s (“Amgen’s”) lawsuit against Sandoz Inc. (“Sandoz”) for refusing to engage in the BPCIA’s “patent dance” with respect to Sandoz’s application for Zarxio®, a...more

District Court Rules Against Amgen’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Prevent Marketing of Sandoz’s Biosimilar Zarxio

In an order released on March 19, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California denied Amgen’s motion for judgment on the pleadings as well as its request for a preliminary injunction...more

New Developments in Hatch-Waxman Personal Jurisdiction Cases

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana joined the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas in finding specific jurisdiction based on receipt of a Paragraph IV Notice Letter. See...more

Gotta Dance? Apparently Not -- A Biosimilar Update

United States District Judge Seeborg of the Northern District of California denied Amgen's motion for a preliminary injunction today in the Amgen v. Sandoz case, thereby paving the way for the marketing of the first...more

Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. (D. Del. 2015) - District Court Overrules PTO Interpretation of 35 U.S.C. § 120

Judge Richard Andrews, District Court Judge for the District of Delaware rendered a decision on a motion for summary judgment in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. that, if affirmed, could put many more patents at risk than Myriad,...more

District Court Denies Motion to Stay Pending Ex parte Reexamination Where Defendant Was Competitor of Plaintiff and Chose Ex Parte...

Plaintiff Ecolab Inc. ("Ecolab") filed a patent infringement action alleging that Gurtler infringed Ecolab's patent for "SANITIZING LAUNDRY SOUR," United States Patent No. 6,262,013 (the "'013 Patent"). Gurtler subsequently...more

Enzo Biochem Inc. v. Applera Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

When can a district court's factual findings related to the extrinsic evidence in a claim construction determination not be given deference by the Federal Circuit? At least one situation is when the findings do not...more

Plaintiff May Not Recover Damages Predating Certificates Of Correction

This lawsuit was filed on December 20, 2013. Both patents were placed into reexam in 2007 after which prior claims were cancelled and new claims were added and determined to be patentable. ...more

PTAB Is Unimpressed by Over-Lawyering - Medtronic, Inc. v. Norred

Addressing a patent owner’s objections to demonstrative exhibits, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) overruled the objection of the patent owner’s representative and encouraged...more

A “Solution” in Search of a Problem? The Innovation Act of 2015 and Trends in Fee-shifting in Patent Litigation

On February 5, 2015, Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R. 9, entitled the “Innovation Act.” Among other things, the bill would direct courts to award attorneys’ fees and litigation-related expenses to prevailing...more

Court Report - March 2015 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. v. Sandoz Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-01716; filed March 9, 2015 in the District Court of New...more

The Plant Variety Protection Act—An Increasingly Important Form of Intellectual Property Protection for Plants

As part of their treaty obligations in establishing International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), member countries have enacted laws that provide ‘‘Plant Breeders’ Rights’’ for protecting the...more

IP Newsflash - March 2015 #2

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Patent Misuse is Not a Stand-Alone Cause of Action - Plaintiffs Continental Automotive GmbH and Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. (collectively Continental) filed a complaint iBiquity...more

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